Getting your pet their annual fecal exams at your vet's office is the absolute best way to keep your pet and your household safe from intestinal parasites. Annuals fecal exams give your Simi Valley vet a chance to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions can arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is the microscopic analysis of your pet's stool by a veterinary professional which they perform at their office. Annual fecal tests can help your vet to identify and treat parasites or associated infections which may be compromising not only your pet's health, but even the health of members of your household too.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will check for signs of parasites in your pet's feces such as roundworms or hookworms. These parasites make pets irritable and uncomfortable and, if left, untreated, can cause much more serious issues down the road. A variety of parasites can also be transmitted form your pet to other members of your household, be they animals or people.
Intestinal parasites live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, hiding them from view. That's why fecals are the best way to detect their presence.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
Get a fresh stool sample and bring it to your vet's office the same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours for the most accurate results.
It's imperative not to allow the stool sample to dehydrate or dry out, since many of the potential parasites will be killed, which in turn can mask their presence.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
You should have your pet tested for internal parasites at least annually. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues may need fecal exams more frequently. Ask your vet how often you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal.